#OccupyLekkiTollGate faces resistance as plans for #DefendLagos protest emerge

#OccupyLekkiTollGate faces resistance as plans for #DefendLagos protest emerge

February 9, 2021 0 By Cypher9ja

Lagos State Saturday might witness a collection of tense and dueling protests by Nigerian youths over the handover of the Lekki toll gate, the place Nigerian forces opened hearth on unarmed protesters final October, to its homeowners Lekki Concession Firm.

Whereas some are talking in opposition to the handing over of the toll gate again to LCC for repairs and to start operations, some are talking in favour of the ruling.

Members of the judicial panel arrange by the Lagos State authorities to research the October 2020 Lekki capturing voted 5-4 in favor of the handover on Saturday.

Younger individuals mobilising via social media have referred to as out the panel for approving the discharge of the toll gate whereas an investigation is ongoing.

Many are vexed that the federal government has not owned as much as the killing of unarmed protesters, who marched in opposition to police brutality on the night time of October 20.

The occasions of the night time of October 20 at Lekki culminated in large-scale violence that grounded the state.

The governor of Ondo State Rotimi Akeredolu, who led a delegation of Southwest governors to Lagos on October 25, stated he believed the violence was “well-coordinated and funded”.

The navy initially denied being on the toll gate, describing information reviews about its presence there as “pretend information”. It later claimed it was invited to the scene by Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and that it personnel by no means shot reside rounds on the protesters.

However Amnesty Worldwide insisted that the Nigerian forces killed at the very least 12 protesters and accused the Nigerian authorities of protecting these accountable.

Youths miffed by the federal government’s place have been pushing the hashtag #OccupyLekkiTollGate since Sunday night time and was primary on Nigeria’s Twitter pattern desk for a number of hours on Monday.

They’ve additionally shared and reshared graphics and tweets for mobilisation for a protest on Saturday on the Lekki toll gate.

However their vexation began to face resistance by Monday night time.

The opposing facet additionally took to Twitter to precise plans for a counter-protest deliberate for Saturday at Lekki toll plaza tagged Defend Lagos Protest.

For each #OccupyLekkiTollGate, there’s a corresponding #DefendLagos, and #DemNoBornYourPapaWell tweet.

#DefendLagos, and #DemNoBornYourPapaWell have remained on the Twitter pattern desk since Monday night time.

LCC, via its counsel, had been praying the panel to permit it to take over the plaza for restore and insurance coverage claims since December 2020.

However the panel earlier stated the toll plaza couldn’t be handed over as a forensic professional has been paid by the Lagos state authorities to look at the toll gate with respect to the October 20 capturing incident.

In January 5 sitting, Doris Okuwobi, the panel chairperson, stated the federal government has paid a forensic professional to look at the scene of the Lekki capturing and LCC wants to attend for the forensic examination outcomes.

“Forensic proof is most wanted on this inquiry,” Okuwobi stated.

The matter was adjourned until February 6 because the forensic report was to be prepared on February 2.

However on Saturday, as an alternative of the report of the forensic examination is learn throughout the siting, the decide made no touch upon the forensic report, whereas the LCC was allowed to proceed with its utility.

Okuwobi, a retired decide, stated the forensic report is prepared and the panel is glad “however wouldn’t wait until the termination of the petitions earlier than it arms over management of Lekki to LCC”.

“To place the document straight, it’s the jurisdiction of this panel to research the incident of October 2020 and make suggestions is the premise by which the panel should adjust to jurisdiction to look into the Lekki case.

“The Lekki toll plaza is taken into account the seat of occasion of that day. This panel has given ample alternative to all petitioners to entry the toll plaza with the view to contemplating the investigation.”

After the panel’s chair ruling, Ebun Adegboruwa, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and member of the panel, led three different members to oppose the ruling of the decide.

Adegboruwa, Persistence Udoh (lawyer and human rights activist), and the 2 representatives of the youth, Rinuola Oduola and Temitope Majekodunmi, stated the choice of the decide and different members of the panel doesn’t characterize theirs.

Adegboruwa stated the handover of the plaza at the moment “is hasty, untimely and can overreach the work and eventual suggestions of the panel.”

“Investigation by the panel over the Lekki Tollgate incident remains to be ongoing, it’s going to due to this fact be untimely handy over the plaza that’s nonetheless topic of panel’s investigation and proceedings, to LCC,” he stated.